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♪ "teen kids news" is on now, and here's what we've got. >> a teen tells us about the gift that changed her life, literally. >> it's a dangerous world out there. are you "street smart?" >> find out why some people are wild about rugby. >> so what is the difference between a college and a university? the answer may surprise you. >> tired of the same old boring breakfast? then i'll show you how to make something delicious and
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different. >> and much more, next on "teen kids news." ♪ welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm jessica. here's our top story for this week. >> nearly 100,000 people across the country are on an important waiting list. they need an organ transplant. in some cases their lives depend on it. felipe has the story of katy holland, a pennsylvania teen who made it to the top of that list. >> reporter: just a few years ago, the crowded streets of new york city would have been too much for katy to handle. >> she would walk like one block and then be like okay, we'll sit and relax now.
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this would have never happened. ever. >> reporter: that's because katy was weighed down by a bad heart. >> i was born with half my heart and it was flipped backwards in my chest, so it had half of the capabilities of a normal heart. >> reporter: katy couldn't do many things a normal kid could. >> well, i could never participate in sports competitively because i didn't have the stamina for it. >> reporter: eventually just walking up stairs became impossible. that's when doctors told katy she needed a new heart. but the surgery can cost more than $500,000. cota, the children's organ transplant association, stepped in. >> we work with the family and your home community to help raise money to meet any cost that a family does not have insurance for. >> reporter: the community didn't hesitate to help out. members organized fundraising dinners and sold bracelets to raise money for the holland family. >> so the money was there because people got active and wanted to do something. >> reporter: with the community
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and cota on the job, katy could focus on getting a healthy heart. local newspapers show the months she spent at the cleveland clinic in ohio on the waiting list for a donation. >> some patients wait a long time for their transplants while others get it very quickly, and that's fortunately what happened with katy. >> reporter: one day katy's doctor told her she'd been moved to the top of the list. but she didn't know how long she'd still be on hold. >> seven minutes later my doctor came in and told me that there was a heart that was my match. and i thought he was kidding, to be honest. i didn't like think it was real at first. >> i screamed as loud as you ever heard because we realized it was coming and our life was going to change. >> reporter: katy's new heart came from a 9-year-old boy who died in an accident. his parents made the difficult decision to donate all of his organs. he may have saved at least three lives, including katy's. >> it's a way to keep giving after you passed on.
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>> reporter: now, several years after her transplant, she can play miniature golf with friends, work at the family's local restaurant, and she recently got her driver's license. the first thing she did was sign up to be an organ donor. >> it just seems like the best gift you can give. >> reporter: you can only sign up to be an organ donor if you're 18 or older. it's up to parents to make the decision for younger donors. but kids can still make a difference for transplant patients. >> there are many ways that children, regardless of their age, can help out. fundraising, talking to their parents about the whole issue of organ donation, and making sure that their family's aware of what they'd like to do. >> reporter: if you're interested in learning other ways that you can help transplant patients like katy, check out our website, teenkidsnews.com. >> stay with us. there's lots more still to come on "teen kids news." >> we'll be right back. nail enamel. vlon top™ cool color with a built-in topcoat that sets in just 60 seconds. with revlon you can change your mind again,
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one of the great things about getting a little older is that you get to go out on your own. but just because you're old enough doesn't mean you're safe enough. as amanda reports, you need to develop your personal safety skills. or as we call them, "street smarts." >> reporter: what's wrong with this picture? you guessed it. texting isn't only bad when you're driving, it's not safe when you're walking, either. not only is this girl annoying people who have to get out of her way, she could be setting herself up for some serious trouble. being aware of your surroundings is serious business. the national center for victims of crime reports 12 to 24-year-olds are more likely to be victimized than other age group. some of those crimes, like robbery and assault, happen out on the street. that's why teen advice
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columnist holly ashworth of about.com came up with a list of ways to make yourself safer on the street. >> well, you know, i think it's really easy for teens to get a little cocky when they're in their own worlds going to school and hanging out with their friends. but it's a different situation when you're out on the streets, and you need to learn a whole different skill set in order to handle yourself in front of strangers and in public situations. >> reporter: her top tip? know where you're going. looking uncertain on the street could make you a target. >> if you're heading out to an unfamiliar place, make sure you know how to get there. >> reporter: do some research and plan your route in advance. tip number two? know where your stuff is. >> if you're carrying a purse, make sure that you have it over your shoulder with your purse over here so it's not hanging out behind you where someone can grab it. if you've got a wallet, carry it in your front pocket so it's harder to get to. >> reporter: and holly says you should always carry your phone. or make sure you travel with someone who does. >> if you get lost or if you're
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in trouble, your phone is really your lifeline. >> reporter: but don't be a phone zombie. as we said at the start, if you're looking down or wrapped up in a call, you might not notice something or someone that could do you harm. that leads us to this tip. >> don't trust almost anyone. you don't have to be super paranoid when you're hitting the streets, but keep in mind that not everyone you meet is going to have your best interests in mind. >> reporter: even in the daytime, be street smart. a crowded street is probably going to be safer than a quiet one. >> and if something happens on a busy street, there's at least going to be people that you can shout out to, or stores to run into to get help. >> reporter: at night all streets can be dangerous, even familiar ones near your home. so be extra careful. and there's safety in numbers. try to travel in packs instead of alone. love your music? great. but turn it down so you can be aware of your surroundings! and ignore loudmouths. >> if someone shouts something at you, you're better off just
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leaving it alone, not responding, don't turn a stupid comment into an argument. >> reporter: if you follow all of these rules, probably nothing is going to happen to you, but if something does and someone approaches you and you feel like you're in a dangerous situation, your best option is to just run away and scream your head off. >> someone call the police! >> reporter: and shout for the police. that way other people will know you need help and you're not just horsing around. you might think it couldn't happen to you, but as i said during my report, statistics show teens and young adults are more likely to be victims of violent crimes than older people. don't become another statistic. be street smart.
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♪ "play rugby usa" is an after-school program founded by mark griffin. he's had an interesting career before starting the program.
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>> yeah, it's been a bit of a muddle. i played semi-professionally in england for a team over there until 1999, then actually came over here with a bank at the time and spent the last seven or so years, or the last seven or so years over here banking. >> reporter: in 2006, mark decided to retire from banking. he started up the play rugby program full-time to give kids in the u.s. an opportunity to play the game he loves so much. >> the number one thing is it's fun. and i think, again, because it's new, it's a level playing field, so everybody has a place on the team. so it's fun and it's all-inclusi all-inclusive. and i think they're the most important things. but those lead to the kids really getting engaged in the program and really, really working. teamwork, discipline, it's a big part of rugby. >> reporter: for those of you unfamiliar with the rules of rugby, it's actually quite simple. here's what you need to know. first, the rugby game is played on a field called a "pitch" with
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two h-shaped goalposts on opposite ends. the object of the game is to get the ball to your end zone and score a touchdown, or in rugby terms a "try." so far, pretty much like football. and just like football, the game begins with a kickoff. now here's where it gets interesting. once the ball hits the ground, there's no stopping. not even when a player drops it. the ball can be passed, but only backward or side to side. once a player is tackled, they must release the ball, but don't worry, these kids are using flags instead of tackling. >> safety. safety's number one with anything when you're dealing with kids. >> we play with flags, and the flags are used so instead of tackling somebody, you just pull their flag and call flag, and that will stop the play. >> like you can't spin, you can't grab shirts. you can't -- you can't really dive. and the refs just try and keep it less intense than it should be. >> reporter: and don't think rugby is just a boys' sport. >> they take advantage because we're girls, they think we don't know how to play. but we do know how to play.
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>> she's never come home with a bruise or, you know, any complaints. she's actually called the beast. and she enjoys the name for the sport. >> reporter: in 2008 play rugby usa hosted new york's first ever mayor's cup tournament. >> it's really a historic sort of moment in new york to have a citywide youth rugby tournament. it's the first one of those, it's the first mayor's cup, and all these kids here are making it happen today. >> reporter: of course, there's nothing like the thrill of winning, just ask coach grozav from ps-192. >> this was excellent for the kids. we had a long train ride over here, which took us about two hours to get here. so this is for them. it was great for them. >> reporter: could rugby take off in america like soccer has? that's what mark hopes. >> and that's where i think rugby wants to position itself, as a participation sport, and if it can do what soccer did after the '94 world cup and the growth in soccer i think -- i don't know what the percentage is, but there are a lot of kids playing soccer at an early age.
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and that's what we'd like to try and replicate with rugby. >> rugby! >> reporter: to find out more about play rugby usa and how you can get involved in the program, follow the links at our website, teenkidsnews.com. >> this reminder is brought to you by the national road safety foundation. >> don't forget! february 7th is the deadline for the "drive to life" contest for creating a tv psa on distracted driving. anyone from 13 to 22 can submit an idea. the concept should be for a psa that runs either 15 or 30 seconds. to enter, you need to send in a script or a storyboard. however, do not send a video. it won't be accepted. the creator of the winning concept gets a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to new york city, where you'll work with a professional director and crew to turn your vision into a reality. for more info and an entry
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form, go to drive2life.org.
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students from the culinary institute of america are sharing some of their favorite recipes with "teen kids news." here's this week's recipe. >> so today we're going to make french toast with a twist. and the twist is that it's stuffed. so let's begin. first we're going to take some slices of bread about an inch thick. now, we're just going to take our knife and really carefully cut a pocket. don't cut all the way through the bread. just so there's some room to fit your stuffing. let's do that one more time. you just want to cut like that. okay. so now let's make our filling. here we have four ounces of cream cheese. using low-fat cream cheese is a really great way to make this breakfast a little healthier. so to my four ounces of cream
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cheese i'm going to add a quarter cup of strawberry jam, but you can use whatever kind of jam is your favorite. so we have our jam here, and just like a spoonful of nuts, just for some crunch, and a pinch of salt. now let's just stir that all up. yeah. and when you cook this, the filling melts. it's really nice. okay. now i'm going to take my spoon, take a piece of bread. i'm just going to grab just a little bit of this cream cheese mixture. i'm going to put it in my bread. you know, it'll be a little messy, but that's part of why it's fun. you know? so there we go. that's one. two is a nice serving size, i
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thinking. so. do one more. just open it up, get your spoon in, and there we go. that's a nice one. now we have to make our batter. so here i have 2 egg whites and 2 whole eggs. you can take out the other egg yolks too to lower the cholesterol. but you know, they give it a nice color, and they taste good. so we're going to leave two of them in. to that i'm just going to take an orange zester, and i'm going to zest some orange peel in for flavor. and it'll make it taste nice and fresh. now i'm going to add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. a cup of low-fat milk. you can also use fat-free, but it's just -- it's a nice way to make this a healthy breakfast.
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i'm going to whisk that all up. next, we'll add a teaspoon of vanilla, add that in. mix it all up. there we go. now i'm going to take my two pieces of stuffed bread, put them right in the batter. and then flip them over. now i'm just going to take my pie pan over to my stovetop. and i have a little butter here, but you can also use olive oil or canola oil to make this even healthier. just heat that up. let it melt.
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so my butter is all melted now. i'm going to take my french toast. careful now. it's a little delicate. i'm just going to put it in my pan. now it's the waiting. this is the hardest part, right? but you don't want to move it because you want it to get nice and golden brown on both sides. and as it cooks, that filling is melting. it's going to be delicious. so let's check it. it looks nice and golden brown. so it's time to flip. get your spatula underneath there. if you have a non-stick pan, that makes this whole thing a lot easier. so let's just flip it over. how good does that look? same thing. flip it. let it go for another couple minutes. gets nice and golden brown on both sides.
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so it looks like our french toast is golden brown and ready to come out of the pan. so let's turn off the stove first. take our french toast out onto our plate. there we go. doesn't that look delicious? lets go over here, sprinkle some pecans on top, make it look nice. some strawberries. i love strawberries. and then we have some maple syrup on the side. maple syrup is great if you use the pure kind because it has a stronger flavor, so you don't need as much, which saves you sugar. and that is french toast with a twist. at the culinary institute
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four years ago i went through something that was very difficult for me. i was faced with a very big challenge at a young age. i didn't want to tell my parents, i really didn't want to tell anybody and i didn't. i shut down. once i reached out to my sister, it got a little better. once i told my mother, it got a little better. the more i talked about it, i felt it coming off. if you're strong enough to just open your mouth, hi, i'm terrie williams. can i tell you that it is way past time for us to come face to face with the issue of mental illness in the black community. time for us to stop hiding it behind closed doors. if you're planning on continuing your education after high school, as lauren explains, there are an awful lot of
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options. >> reporter: you could go to a college, a university, a community college, an institute, an academy, a union, a school, even a conservatory. and there may be some others that i missed. but the point is you practically need a higher education just to understand higher education. so let's take the two most basic terms, "college" and "university." what's the difference? >> i believe that a college and university are the same thing. [ buzzer sound ] >> and colleges usually refer to like two years, i think? [ buzzer sound ] >> i have no idea. i think they're the same probably. maybe a university -- i really don't know. >> reporter: and those are all students attending a college or university. so here are the basics. in general, colleges are smaller than universities. that means classes usually have
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fewer students. so you'll probably get more personal attention from the professors at a college. on the other hand, because of their larger size, universities tend to offer a wider variety of subjects. universities, especially big ones like the university of california at berkeley, feel they attract a particular type of student. >> students who come to large universities are students who like to take initiative. they're the kinds of students that go out and find opportunities and take advantage of them. >> reporter: unialso famous for discoveries, from medical breakthroughs to giving birth to the internet. that's because faculty at universities are encouraged to do lots of research. so some university professors may have less time to spend with students. and universities tend to offer more advanced degrees. more on that in another report. college, smaller, more teacher attention. university, greater choice,
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advanced degrees. sounds easy enough. but here's where they really throw us a curve. a university is usually made up of a number of colleges, often called "schools." take, for example, vanderbilt university in nashville, tennessee. >> we have a college of arts and science, a school of music, a school of education and human development, and a great school of engineering as well. >> reporter: as you can see, a "college" can be its own institution, or it can be part of a university. confusing, i know. so what's right for you? check out both types of schools online and, if possible, in person. see which feels most comfortable. keep in mind that the quality of education depends on the specific school you ultimately go to. not whether it's a small college or a large university. i'm lauren for "teen kids news." goodbye. that wraps up our show, but we'll be back with more "teen kids news." >> thanks for joining us, and
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have a great week. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> write to us at info@teenkidsnews.com. >> write to us at -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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son: mom? mom: yes? son: i've been thikning about it and... i'm not gonna go to college. mom: what are you saying? you've got to go to college. son: well, they offered me a job and i want to buy some new stuff, like a new phone, a car-- mom: son, college is much more important than a new car. son: no, mom, it isn't. mom: yes, son, it is. son: no. mom: yes. son: no, mom.

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